Why don’t young Americans understand the effects of socialist policies?

Supermarket shelves empty thanks to socialist policies
Supermarket shelves empty thanks to socialist policies

Here is an interesting article by Kathryn Blackhurst, writing for LifeZette.com. The article reports on how the mainstream media has covered the situation in Venezuela, which has been under socialist rule for decades.

Kathryn explains:

Out of approximately 50,000 total evening news stories on ABC, CBS and NBC combined in the last four years, just 25 have covered the ongoing crisis in socialist Venezuela, according to a Media Research Center study published Tuesday.

After Venezuela’s former socialist president, Hugo Chávez, passed away in March 2013, the country has spiraled into economic disaster and civil chaos. So far in 2017, more than 50 Venezuelans have been killed during protests against current Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his socialist policies. Many Venezuelans are starving due to shortages of food and other essentials. The country’s inflation rate is set to surpass 700 percent and 25 percent of Venezuelans will be unemployed.

“Yet the Big Three evening newscasts have tried to pretend this crisis does not exist, offering virtually no coverage as the situation has deteriorated over the past four years,” MRC Research Analyst Mike Ciandella wrote.

“The networks have also been reluctant to attach the ‘socialist’ label to Venezuela’s government, and have utterly failed to criticize liberal politicians and celebrities who have praised the Chávez and Maduro regimes,” Ciandella added.

Indeed, out of the 50,000 total evening news stories on the three networks, just 25 covered Venezuela, and only seven mentioned “socialism.” In addition, NBC Nightly News only broadcast 13 stories spanning 16 minutes and 54 seconds, ABC’s World News only covered 8 minutes and 34 seconds over seven stories, and CBS Evening News only offered 3 minutes and 11 seconds over five stories.

“The network evening news programs seem allergic to reporting on the ongoing crisis in Venezuela,” Ciandella told LifeZette in an email. “Even worse, the few times they have managed to cover the widespread poverty, starvation and government oppression in that country, they somehow find ways to do that without mentioning the word ‘socialism.’”

That’s why your children can go through public schools and consume mainstream media news without ever understanding what effects follow from left-wing socialist economic policies. There just isn’t anyone intelligent and honest enough in the mainstream media to give the historical context that explains what policies were tried in the past, which resulted in the effects in the present.

Over 100,000 Venezuelans pouring into Colombia from the Venezuela in order to buy food
Over 100,000 Venezuelans pouring into Colombia from the Venezuela in order to buy food

Economist Stephen Moore has more about the situation in Venezuela, in this Investors Business Daily article.

He writes:

Venezuela is a human rights crisis of epic proportions ‎with mass hunger, mass poverty, despair, ghetto upon ghetto, and a mass exodus of private businesses and anyone with money. There are no rich and no evil corporations to loot anymore. The inflation rate is almost 500% as the currency is now about as valuable as Monopoly money.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Venezuela now employs 100,000 security forces — not to repel foreign threats or invaders, but to keep the government leaders like corrupt president Nicolas Maduro safe from their own citizens. Adjusted for population size, this would be the equivalent of one million Americans employed every day to stop riots in the streets. More than 40 protesters have been shot so far this year by the guardsmen.

The average pay has fallen to less than $50 — not per day, or per week, but per month. How’s that for a minimum wage?  ‎The people eat dogs if they can find them and the world was shocked by the story earlier this year of the raid on the municipal zoo to eat the animals. How bad off does a population have to be to start carving up elephant meat?

The burgeoning resistance throws molotov cocktails, rocks and even human feces at the security forces during the nonstop rioting. It’s like a scene out of an HBO movie. “I don’t fear death because this life is crap,” one protester told the WSJ.

[…]What is stunning about this story is that this is a nation that was once one of the wealthiest places in South America. Unlike places such as Subsaharan Africa where extreme poverty is the norm,  there is no excuse for Venezuala’s steep fall into the abyss because this is a resource-rich nation.

Under thug Hugo Chavez the former socialist dictator, Venezuela began its relentless conquest of private wealth and it’s process of nationalizing private enterprises. Chavez was lionized by the American left and the Hollywood elite — Sean Penn and Chavez were BFFs — for his “progressive” policies.

There’s literally no difference between the views of Chavez and Maduro and mainstream Democrat economic policy in the United States. They’re just further along the road to serfdom than we are, because their population is less economically literate than we are. For now.

I’d be willing to bet that many of these starving protestors in Venezuela voted over and over again for the socialists. That’s what happens when people vote with their feelings instead of knowledge of basic economics. But where would ignorant Venezuelans have picked up a knowledge of basic economics? Come to think of it… where would ignorant American millenials, who hold entire conversations in memes, pick up a knowledge of basic economics? They certainly wouldn’t get it from public schools teachers or the mainstream media “journalists”.

6 thoughts on “Why don’t young Americans understand the effects of socialist policies?”

  1. It’s unfortunate that young people (mainly Millennials) really think socialism is appealing. In fact, I was at an Easter dinner this year where some younger Christians mentioned that a certain senator from Vermont’s socialistic ideals (nevermind that he is a millionaire, and has a salary more than even most high tech mid-level managers) most were similar to the Sermon on the Mount. Well, if you replace *individual* responsibility with *government*.
    Amusingly, Ben Shapiro (e.g., https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnZAhdqeQpE ) mentioned that socialism violates at least three of the Ten Commandments: you make government your god, you steal what is not yours, and you’re coveting.
    In talking with some Millennials, there are several things that I can observe (and of course the factors are not just limited to these):
    1. Frustration about the establishment, especially corporate establishment.
    Whether we’re talking about Wall Street, “corporate greed,” CEO salary (as a multiple of average worker salary) — especially in America, etc., it is easy to villainize these modern day robber-barons. (Granted, the problem of CEO salary is systemic and not just about the CEO — for instance, the board that decided on the CEO’s salary structure. Or that some boards feel like they have to pay at the 60th or 75 percentile of CEO salaries — “­Apparently every CEO is above average.” — Fortune Magazine)
    If corporations are evil (because they are self-serving and greedy) and corporate CEOs are the Real Bad Guys ™ or the epitome of evil, then who are the good guys? Must be the government.
    2. Some of them are of course envious.
    They want what others have. Some have a bit of an entitled attitude about this e.g., “Why can’t I have luxury vacations every year?!” “The Ivy League schools (plus Stanford, Caltech, and MIT) are so elitist for only taking on good students and denying everyone else a good education!”
    3. Some do want to “level the playing field.”
    Raising minimum wage into a livable wage, increasing taxes on everyone else, etc.
    You know the expressions “Everyone gets a trophy (or prize) for participating” or “You get an A for effort”? I wonder sometimes whether this is actually helping or not. Sure, you want to encourage kids to continue and to get better. But we shouldn’t encourage mediocrity or just give out attendance awards. We should recognize greatness.
    I know it “hurts feelings” to say person X is better at math or English or French or science or art or whatever. Implicitly though … let’s say you want a bridge built. You have three bidders in front of you. Person A doesn’t like math or science, has no ideas of the fundamentals of building anything, and just wants to build an aesthetically pleasing bridge. Person B was an engineering student at DeVry but scored 60% in math and science and engineering. Person C went to Caltech or Stanford or MIT and was a mechanical or civil engineer. All things being equal if money and lives are at stake, who do you hire?
    Let’s make it even more blunt. You have to stand on the bridge that is built after one of these three people will build the bridge. Who do you want to build the bridge? I know whom I’d hire.
    And I know some students want to be able to pursue their hearts desire (even if it’s art history) and have no marketable skills / no skills in demand and still have a job that pays a lot.
    4. Some overly romantic naivete about socialism.


  2. Young people like socialism because they do not READ. Since the failures of socialism are not taught in schools and you certainly will not learn of them from the media, there is no way for non-readers to understand how many times this has been tried and failed.

    Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.


  3. Person C went to Caltech or Stanford or MIT and was a mechanical or civil engineer.
    And I know some students want to be able to pursue their hearts desire (even if it’s art history) and have no marketable skills / no skills in demand and still have a job that pays a lot.


  4. Person C went to Caltech or Stanford or MIT and was a mechanical or civil engineer. Person C went to Caltech or Stanford or MIT and was a mechanical or civil engineer.


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